Ah, San Diego – one of the most amazing cities in Southern California.

Effortlessly combining the beachy style of Los Angeles with a more laid-back atmosphere, it’s an awesome spot to spend the summer. Summer in San Diego isn’t lacking for fun water activities; here’s a bucket list of “must-trys”:

1. Snorkel in La Jolla Cove

Areal view of la jolla

La Jolla is one of San Diego’s raddest hidden gems.

It has a little bit of everything, with dramatic cliffs dropping into sandy beaches as well as unique coves and rock formations. La Jolla Cove is home to many varieties of fish (such as the bright orange Garibaldi!) and lots of other marine life. During the springtime, a colony of Pacific Harbor Seals raise their pups at Children’s Pool Beach. Be sure to stop by to see the action!

The water is typically clearer here than in other areas of San Diego, making it a great spot for snorkeling. You can often see fish by snorkeling right off the beach because of the many nearby reefs. However, check out the caves if you’re looking for a bit more adventure. La Jolla Cove has multiple caves that extend into the water and are easy to access. Swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers like to head into the caves to see other types of fish. Those who don’t want to go in the caves can hang out on the beach and watch the fun or cruise the classy shops and restaurants in town.

2. Explore Coronado Island

Coronado is on the San Diego Summer Bucket List

The word, ‘charming,’ has never described anything so perfectly.

Coronado is a small island just off the coast of the San Diego Harbor known for quaint neighborhoods, lovely beaches and historic Hotel Del. A popular destination for presidents and celebrities since its construction in the 1800s, the Hotel Del beach-front resort is an beautiful sight to see. It is open to the public and is especially known for having an ice-skating rink on the beach at Christmas time!

An extensive bridge connects Coronado to downtown San Diego, however a more exciting way to get to the island is to take The Ferry! Coronado’s Ferry Landing has lots of quaint restaurants and shops as well as a bike path that goes around the whole island.

3. Soak Up the Sun at Mission Bay

Mission Bay is on the San Diego Summer Bucket List

Mission Bay is a relaxing place to take the family for the day.

Grass lines the sand at most of the beaches in this area, making it a super convenient spot for picnics and parties. The flat bay provides a shallow area protected from waves for young kids to play in the water. If you’re looking for a more adventurous activity in the bay, try renting a jetski, paddleboard or kayak! This is a fun way to see more of San Diego as it allows you a unique view of the city from the water.

4. Learn to Surf

Learning to Surf is on the San Diego Summer Bucket List

With so many incredible beaches, San Diego is one of the best places in the U.S. to learn to surf! Why not get yourself or your kids in the water this summer?

Our surf instructors at Encinitas Surf Lessons are CPR-Certified, patient, talented and highly trained. They will have you shredding in no time! Choose from one and a half hour lessons or two hour lessons at 5 different beaches across San Diego County. All lessons are private, either one-on-one with an instructor or with your personal group and an instructor. The instructor will meet you at the beach with wetsuits and boards, ready to get you surfin’ like a pro! Book a lesson today!

We also have Surf Camps running all summer in Encinitas! We teach surf technique, ocean safety and marine life conservation. Beach games, new friends and lots of laughter are also included 😉. Ages 5-15 and all skill levels are welcome! Week-long or drop-in options available. Claim your spot here.

San Diego is packed with summer fun just about everywhere you look.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s plenty for you to do. Dive in and make some memories!